Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: February 11, 2016

Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy

Categories: YA

Blurb:

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Continue reading

Why you should read YA

As someone who works in publishing and reads most of the time, I get asked why I read young adult books quite a lot. Now I won’t lie, I do read other age groups and genres too, such as nineteenth-century classics (particularly Austen). Although, its young adult literature (YAL) that I most appreciate and enjoy.

It may surprise you to know that around half of young adult readers are adults! YA has appealed to so many people beyond its target audience and the previous ‘shame’ factor attributed to reading this age group has fizzled out for many reasons. Continue reading

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: February 10, 2015

Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy

Category: YA

Blurb:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

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Nothing Tastes as Good by Claire Hennessy

Nothing Tastes As Good

Nothing Tastes as Good by Claire Hennessy

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Publication date: July 14, 2016

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

Category: YA

Blurb:

Don’t call her a guardian angel. Annabel is dead – but she hasn’t completely gone away. Annabel immediately understands why her first assignment as a ghostly helper is to her old classmate: Julia is fat. And being fat makes you unhappy. Simple, right?

As Annabel shadows Julia’s life in the pressured final year of school, Julia gradually lets Annabel’s voice in, guiding her thoughts towards her body, food and control.

But nothing is as simple as it first seems. Spending time in Julia’s head seems to be having its own effect on Annabel . . . And she knows that once the voices take hold, it’s hard to ignore them.

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Frostblood (Saga, #1) by Elly Blake

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)

Frostblood by Elly Blake

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication date: January 10, 2017

Genre: Fantasy

Category: YA

Blurb:

The frost king will burn.

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

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Mafiosa (Blood for Blood Series, #3) by Catherine Doyle

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Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle

Publisher: Chicken House Books

Publication date: January 5, 2017

Genre: Crime, contemporary

Category: YA

Blurb:

Protected by an infamous mafia family, Sophie is living a dangerous lie, pretending to lead a normal life. But the deceit can’t last for ever. Her heart belongs to a killer and Sophie’s the prime target of a rival clan. She’s determined to seek revenge on her mother’s murderers, but can she pay the price – can she be a mafiosa?

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Inferno (Blood for Blood Series, #2) by Catherine Doyle

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Inferno by Catherine Doyle

Publisher: Chicken House Books

Publication date: January7, 2016

Genre: Crime, contemporary

Category: YA

Blurb:

Sophie’s life has been turned upside-down, and she’s determined to set things right. But Nic, the Falcone brother who represents everything she’s trying to forget, won’t give up on their love – and it’s Luca’s knife she clutches for comfort. Soon another mafia clan spoils the fragile peace – and with her heart drawn in one direction and her blood in another, Sophie’s in deeper than ever.

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Vendetta (Blood for Blood Series, #1) by Catherine Doyle

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Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

Publisher: Chicken House Books

Publication date: January 1, 2015

Genre: Crime, contemporary

Category: YA

Blurb:

When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell’s life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself drawn into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. But with a fierce rivalry raging between two warring crime families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. As the boys’ dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties – the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.

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